Ana Maria is a professor of global change and environmentally transmitted infectious disease with over 20 years of experience as a principal investigator in molecular virology and water microbiology.

Ana Maria directs infectious disease research and prepares policy advise at RIVM. She advises policy makers at the Dutch government, the European Commission, WHO, ECDC and EFSA on the possible infectious disease risks from exposure to human pathogens in water, and possible intervention measures.

She holds the chair of Global changes and environmentally transmitted infectious diseases at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences of Utrecht University.

Ana Maria has served as an expert for WHO since 2004 for the revision of the Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality, and is the director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Risk Assessment of Pathogens in Food and Water.

Ana Maria brings her extensive knowledge and international network on infectious diseases to the BlueHealth scenarios and case studies.